Coquin Mans Triumphs in Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle at Fairyhouse

Coquin Mans claimed first place on Easter Monday in the Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle at Fairyhouse with odds of 7-1. The going was heavy on this very muddy weekend and the race finished with a time of 5:58.6. Coquin Mans achieved an impressive five-and-a-half-length success with jockey Paul Townend despite Diamond Cauchois being the favourite to win.

The Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle is a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle, which has been sponsored by Keelings since 2011. The race is open to horses aged five years or older and is run over a distance of two miles and four furlongs.

David Keeling, CEO, Keelings Retail was on hand to present the Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle Cup to owner, George Creighton. Six year old Coquin Mans was trained by Willie Mullins, a dominant force in Irish National Hunt racing, who has been a champion trainer every year since the 2008/2009 season.

Also in attendance to celebrate the race was David’s father, Joe Keeling, Chairman of Horse Racing Ireland and former CEO of Keelings.

David Keeling, CEO, Keelings Retail said:

“The Fairyhouse Easter Festival is one of the most anticipated dates on the Irish Racing calendar, with over 16,000 people attending over the weekend. The Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle is a great way of strengthening our ties to horse racing, which has always had a close relationship with the agri-business sector.
We’ve had a fantastic day here at Fairyhouse and all of us at Keelings are looking forward to continuing our sponsorship next year.”